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Just one hour’s drive west of Brisbane or 30 minutes from Ipswich let the scenery of the Lockyer Valley take shape before your eyes. It’s the perfect place for a day trip, weekend or family holiday.
BUILD a food trail – Map a journey that will discover local produce at its best by visiting seqfoodtrails.com.au. From celebrity chef trails to adventure trails, travel minutes off main roads and onto small family farms, where you can kiss a fish, catch a chicken or explore a farmhouse cheesery. Hear the stories behind regional foods and their journey from paddock to plate.
TASTE at farm gate/produce stalls – You will find the freshest and tastiest fruit and vegetables as you explore regular stalls and farm gates.
SHOP authentic farmers markets – Packed with local produce, crafts and other goodies, there’s a market to suit all tastes. The Mulgowie Farmers Market, an authentic farmers’ market, is held on the first Saturday of every month, but don’t miss the Laidley Village, Plainland, Ma Ma Creek and Murphy’s Creek markets on your drive route as well.
IMMERSE yourself in nature – National parks, state forest, mountains and lookouts, lakes, parks and reserves beckon with an invitation to discover the wildlife, including one of the richest non-coastal bird populations in Australia. Of Australia’s 850 bird species, more than 300 species have been recorded in the Lockyer Valley.
DRIVE with the windows down – Inhale the freshness of just-picked produce as you drive the Laidley Valley, Flagstone Creek and Spring Bluff trails, or discover the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive, one of South East Queensland’s hidden gems. Travel through fertile farmland and charming towns before arriving at Gatton’s Cobb & Co Staging Post at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre. Browse the Queensland Transport Museum, Lockyer Legends Hall of Fame and the Lockyer Valley Art Gallery before dining beside the lake at the Staging Post Café.
EXPLORE history, including the strong German ancestry of the Laidley region. Visit Das Neumann Haus, the Laidley Pioneer Village, Gatton Historical Village, University of Queensland Foundation Building, Queensland Transport Museum, and then journey to picturesque Spring Bluff Railway Station and Jessie’s Cottage in Murphys Creek.
REST – Affordable and diverse options include motels, farmstays and stylish B&B’s or caravan and motorhome travellers can pull up wheels at a local caravan park or one of the free rest areas or campgrounds across the region.
For a full list of places to stay and things to do in the Lockyer Valley call into the Lake Apex Visitor Centre in Gatton, call friendly staff on 07 5466 3425, or visit www.luvyalockyer.com.au, or https://www.facebook.com/visitlockyervalley/
34 Lake Apex Dr Gatton Queensland 4343
Lockyer Valley, QLD, Australia